This Life At Play: Even with its declared omissions, Girish Karnad's 'half-tale' memoir is a complex, nuanced narration
While This Life At Play is far from what one might call a contemplative work, blithely letting its roll-call of occurrences speak for itself, its descriptive linearity ultimately settles into a sharply individualistic if unsentimental account.
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This Life at Play: Read an excerpt from Girish Karnad's memoir on how he transformed FTII's acting course
This Life at Play has been translated from Kannada in part by Karnad himself and in part by award-winning translator Srinath Perur.
This Life at Play: A Memoir by Girish Karnad translated by Srinath Perur, will be released on director's 83rd birth anniversary on 19 May
Ebrahim Alkazi was the longest-serving director of the National School of Drama. He is credited with revolutionising Indian theatre by combining native folk traditions and international acting techniques.
A decade in theatre: Barring a few troupes, India's dramaturgy didn't quite mirror the tumult in nation's polity
Arguably, one feature of theatre eco-systems across India, with some exceptions like those fostered by the Budhan Theatre or the Yalgaar Sanskrutik Manch or the still buoyant Jana Natya Manch, is how cosily they seem to be ensconced in their liberal echo chambers, whirring along insulated from the political heave-ho outside their turf.
Girish Karnad’s last play Crossing to Talikota engrosses, but stops short of being politically audacious
A scrutiny of Girish Karnad's plays hardly shows him taking an adventurous path as a writer and he can broadly be taken to be ‘Nehruvian’ in his outlook, essentially showing faith in the post-independence ideology of the government, roughly describable as ‘anti-colonial nationalism'
One should leave cultural pride open for anyone to celebrate while making no urgent calls for political action based on it. Like a flower, culture will bloom in its own time or not at all.
Salim Arif on the brand of theatre that is emerging in North India, especially the Braj region, the growing reliance on a brand of forced minimalism and why large-scale productions are a positive development in the art form
Girish Karnad's filmography in Kannada cinema demonstrates his penchant for layered social commentary
Even a hundred years later, Girish Karnad's plays and films will teach many important lessons to viewers on the things that went wrong in the 20th century.
Remembering Girish Karnad: Quasar Thakore-Padamsee, Abhishek Majumdar on how the playwright influenced their craft
Quasar Thakore-Padamsee and Abhishek Majumdar fondly remember Girish Karnad as a landmark figure in Indian theatre.
Girish Karnad and his democratic art: KM Chaitanya recounts experience of making a film on the playwright
Girish Karnad was filmed twice by director KM Chaitanya for his documentaries on the artiste in Kannada and English. Chaitanya remembers the actor-playwright as a genius with a nose for healthy debate and dissent.
Remembering Girish Karnad: Looking at the noted playwright's politics of protest through his works Tughlaq, Taledanda
With irrepressible creative energy which is rare in any age, Girish Karnad’s successes were many and multi-faceted in several spheres of cultures: cinema, acting, direction, cultural imagination and, towards the end of his life, politics of protest.
Girish Karnad's son Raghu thanks people for their tributes: 'He enriched others' lives, and the reverse is also true'
Raghu Karnad wrote on Instagram, 'The picture that is growing rooted in my mind is of Appa in his spot on the sofa, his hand around a glass of whiskey, gently bubbling with bits of history, legend, song, folktale and philosophy.'
Remembering Girish Karnad: From senior to peer, lessons the thespian taught me in theatre — and life
Girish Karnad's word, his voice always meant something. Even if it rakes up a controversy — like the Tagore one — he couldn’t for a minute, despite being unwell, not call a spade a bloody shovel.
Prakash Raj on how Girish Karnad encouraged dissent: His works, written in the 60s, are still alive and relevant
Over the past few years, Girish Karnad and Prakash Raj bonded over their ideology, especially after their friend Gauri Lankesh was gunned down.
Girish Karnad was invited to the Tata LitLive! Mumbai Litfest in 2012 to deliver a talk on his journey in theatre. Festival director Anil Dharker recounts how the talk was delivered — after a twist.
National Film Archive of India will be paying homage to playwright-actor Girish Karnad by screening several of his films, including Ondanondu Kaladalli and Kanooru Heggadithi
Girish Karnad passes away: Master Manjunath revisits fond memories of working with him during Malgudi Days
Master Manjunath looks back at his 'fond memories' of Girish Karnad, working on Utsav and Malgudi Days
Girish Karnad's mortal remains were cremated without much fanfare, in the presence of close friends and relatives.